How I Solve Scalp Irritation With the No-Poo Method of Hair Care

This question appears on no-poo message boards a lot: “Since I’m not using shampoo, how do I get rid of my scalp itchiness without medicated shampoos?” I don’t have all the answers. I’ve shared a few before, but the process really takes into account a number of factors, and not every factor will be applicable […]


Pyjamas: The Polar Fleece and Polyester Problem

One of my saving graces lately has been my cotton flannel PJ pants. Whenever I’m home I can put those on, even if they do have polyester seams, and avoid contact with the lycra/spandex/elastane in yoga pants and jeans. Someday I hope to cover or change all of their polyester seams, but for now they’re […]


The Decline of Egg-Free and Dairy-Free Foods

Five years ago, gluten-free foods were just beginning to make an appearance in mainstream grocery stores. Gluten-free was becoming more known, and people with no specific gluten issue or celiac disease were experimenting with gluten-free as a diet choice rather than a medical one. Around that same time, lactose-free dairy was just beginning to enter […]


Happy New Years!

Have a Happy New Years! Came back Friday for my next post.


Celebrating the Winter Holidays with Chemical Allergies

My husband and I both grew up celebrating Christmas. Over the course of our life together we’ve had big, fully-decorated Christmases, smaller, effortless Christmases, and everything in between. About 8 years ago, we bought a fake Christmas tree with natural-looking, moulded tips, and that has been a staple of our Christmas decorating most years since. […]


Merry Christmas!

Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and is enjoying boxing day.  Come back Friday for my next post.


Making “100% Cotton or Wool” Really 100% Cotton or Wool

I mentioned before having a lot a shirts and socks that were *almost* wearable with my chemical allergies, except for the presence of polyester or nylon in the threads. Polyester is made with polyethylene glycol, which is a cross-reactor with my allergen propylene glycol, and nylon fibres are lubricated with an oil containing isothiazolinone(s). While […]


“I Have a Rash! What Product Should I Buy to Fix it?”

It’s a question popping up on message boards and Facebook walls all over the place: “I’m allergic to x chemical, what products can I use that don’t contain that chemical?” While everyone jumps in and tries to answer and help as best they can, it’s less often that the key issue is acknowledged – the […]


Minimizing Contact with Allergens – Blankets and Mattress Pads

I’m starting to get my clothing and house more under control for my chemical allergies. We have gotten rid of all body care and cleaning products that directly contain my allergens. Fabrics have been tougher, but I have the materials I need to cover up or change out the polyester seams in my cotton shirts […]


How to Make Your Own Soap – My Hot Process Soap Procedure

Once you’ve chosen your ingredients and recipe, it’s time to make soap. There are two main ways to make soap: Hot process and cold process. In hot process soap making, the saponification reaction is completed before the soap is moulded. In cold process, the saponification reaction is initiated and then left to complete while the […]